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Speaker Series

School of Energy Resources

spring speaker series set

Speaker Series

Each year, the University of Wyoming’s School of Energy Resources hosts top industry and academic professionals from around the world to share their knowledge and experience in the energy world.  The events bring together students, faculty, researchers and the public to learn about a wide-range of advanced energy technologies and industry trends. We post video recordings of all speakers as they become available. 

Upcoming Speakers:

  • Dr. Rebecca Fushimi, INL, "TAP Reacter System"; Laramie, WY, September 16, 12PM, EIC 201, Lunch provided

2016 Speakers:

  • Joanna D. Underwood, Founder and Chair, Energy Vision,  "Making Our Way Toward a Sustainable Energy Future", WATCH VIDEO

  • Andrew Price-Smith, Associate Professor of Political Science and chair of the Department of Political Science at Colorado College, WATCH VIDEO (please note the first 7 minutes of this video is only PowerPoint and audio), "Oil, Illiberalism and War"

  • Dr. Brian Russell, Vice President, Software, Hampson-Russell "Integrating rock physics modeling, pre-stack inversion and Bayesian classification: Examples from the Alberta basin and the Gulf of Mexico", WATCH VIDEO

  • Dirk A. Schwartz, CPL, Director of Corporate Development - Rockies, Abraxas Petroleum Corporation, "Oil and Gas Prospect: Brooks Draw – A Conventional and Horizontal Play", WATCH VIDEO

  • Rob White, P.G., Chief Strategist, Sierra Energy, "How technologies can work together towards building zero waste communities", WATCH VIDEO

  • Jeff Clune, Assistant Professor of Computer Science,  "Deep Learning: What do Deep Neural Networks Actually Learn?", WATCH VIDEO

  • Kam Ng and William Phillips, "Geohazard Monitoring and Warming System using Wireless Sensor Network Technology", WATCH VIDEO

  • Tom Buscheck, Ph.D., Group Leader, Geochemical, Hydrological, and Environmental Sciences Group, Atmospheric, Earth, and Energy Division (AEED) Physical and Life Sciences Directorate, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory,"Storing CO2 in the Earth for Enhanced Geothermal Energy and Water Recovery and Utility-Scale Energy Storage"

  • Ricardo "Rick" Nogueira, Climate Finance Team Lead in the Office of Global Change at the U.S. Department of State,"The Role of the Green Climate Fund in Implementing the Paris Agreement", WATCH VIDEO

  • Dean Michael Pishko, UW College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, "Update: UW College of Engineering and Applied Sciences",  WATCH VIDEO

  • Vello A. Kuuskraa, President, Advanced Resources International, "New Resources for a New Age of Hydrocarbons",  WATCH VIDEO

  • Gerard T. Schuster, Professor of Earth Science and Engineering at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology and Adjunct Professor of Geology & Geophysics at University of Utah, "Hominid Seismology at Olduvai Gorge: Diversifying during energy busts"
  • Jan Marco Müller, Policy Officer for International Relations at the Joint Research Centre, European Commission, "The quest for evidence: Tales from the twilight zone between science & politics",  WATCH VIDEO

  • Jonathan Weisgall, VP for Legislative and Regulatory Affairs for Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company and Chairman of the Board for the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies,  "Climate Change: Investment and Strategic Decisions"

  • Dimitri Mavriplis, Suresh Muknahallipatna, Michael Stoellinger, Liqiang Wang and Any Banic, "The Wyoming High Performance Computational Science and Engineering Group" WATCH VIDEO

  • Saman Aryana, Associate Professor of Petroleum Engineering, UW (Anadarko Fellowship Presentation), "Nanofluidic Chips and Shale Samples", WATCH VIDEO

  • Dr. John Oakey, Associate Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, UW"Biomedical Engineering"

  • Dr. Dario Grana, SER Assistant Professor of Geology & Geophysics and Petroleum Engineering, UW (Anadarko Fellowship Presentation), Seismic History Matching Combining Ensemble Based Methods and Model Reduction Techniques", WATCH VIDEO

2015 Speakers:

  • Dr. Bruce Parkinson, SER Professor of Chemistry and J. E. Warren Professor of Energy and Environment, UW, "Photoelectrochemical Energy Conversion on Earth and Mars", WATCH VIDEO

  • Dr. Ting He, Directorate Fellow, Idaho National Laboratory, "Fuel Cells and the Clean Energy Economy", WATCH VIDEO

  • Dr. Vladimir Alvarado, Associate Professor of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, UW, "Lessons Learned from the Improved Oil and Gas Recovery Research Cluster", WATCH VIDEO

  • Dr. Katie Li, Assistant Professor of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, UW, "Nanocatalysts and Separation Technologies for Advanced Energy Conversion and Produced Water Treatment", WATCH VIDEO

  • Dr. Tim Considine, SER Professor of Energy Economics, UW; "The Effectiveness of Home Energy Audits: A Case Study of Jackson, Wyoming"WATCH VIDEO

  • Dr. Maohong Fan, SER Professor of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, UW, "Innovative Chemical and Fuel Conversion Technologies - Benefiting WY and the Nation" WATCH VIDEO

  • Dr. Albert Reynolds, McMan Chair Professor of Petroleum Engineering and Professor of Mathematics, University of Tulsa, "Two Useful Ensemble-based optimization algorithms-- best options for assisted history matching and life-cycle production optimization"WATCH VIDEO

  • Dr. Brian Towler, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Queensland, "Use of spontaneous imbibition experiments to measure enhanced oil recovery with surfactants and complex nano-fluids"

  • Dr. Subhashis Mallick, SER Professor of Geology & Geophysics, UW, "Seismic waveform inversion at the reservoir scale- current state of the art and the future directions", WATCH VIDEO

  • Dr. Craig Douglas, SER Professor of Mathematics, UW, "A Replacement for Richards Equation that Always Converges and Is Significantly Faster" 

  • Dr. John N. Louie, Nevada Seismological Laboratory, University of Nevada, Reno, "Advanced seismic imaging of geothermal reservoirs-- is there a geothermal seismic signature?", WATCH VIDEO

  • Tara Righetti, SER Assistant Professor of Law and Temple Stoellinger, Associate Director of the Center for Law and Energy Resources in the Rockies, UW, "Split Estate Surface Access to Severed Federal Minerals & Policy and Legal Implications of Recent Federal Rulings"

  • John W. Pierre, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UW, University of Wyoming’s Role in Improving Reliability of the US Electric Power Grids"

  • Indy Burke, Wyoming Excellence Chair and Director of the Haub School of Environment & Natural Resources, UW, "Carbon Management in Ecosystems: Understanding the Opportunities and Challenges in the Semi-Arid West"

  • Michael Urynowicz, Professor, Civil & Architectural Engineering and Director of the Center for Biogenic Natural Gas, UW, "Biogas with Carbon Capture and Storage (BG-CCS): Bridging the Gap between Fossil Fuels and Renewable Energy"

  • Eric Grunsky, 2015 Distinguished Lecturer, International Association of Mathematical Geosciences, "The use of geochemical survey data for predictive geologic mapping at regional and continental scales"

  • Bryan Pivovar, Fuel Cell R&D Research Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, "An Overview of Fuel Cell R&D at the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)"

  • Rob Godby, Associate Professor of Finance & Economics, UW, Director, Center for Energy Economics and Public Policy, “The Impact of the coal economy on Wyoming, and possible implications of future GHG regulations”

  • Norm Augustine, Retired CEO & Chairman, Lockheed Martin, "Science & Technology: Can America Compete?"

  • Shane Murphy, Assistant Professor, Atmospheric Science, UW, "Reconciling Methane Leakage Estimates from Basin-Wide to Individual Well Pad Scales"

  • Cindy Crane, President & CEO, Rocky Mountain Power, "New Challenges & Opportunities in the Electric Power Industry"

  • Shawn Taylor, Director, Wyoming Rural Electric Association, "Rural Electric Cooperatives -- Who we are, what we do, and why we do it"

  • Vladimir Alvarado, Associate Professor of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, UW, "Complex Fluids and Interfaces: Unveiling EOR Mechanisms through a Multidisciplinary Approach"

  • Dario Grana, SER Assistant Professor of Geology & Geophysics and Petroleum Engineering, UW, "Geostatistics-based decision making for reservoir engineering"

  • Pete Stahl, Professor, Soil Ecology; Director, Wyoming Reclamation & Restoration Center, UW, "The Importance of Restoring Ecosystems Disturbed by Natural Resource Production"

2014, 2013, 2012 Speakers:

  • Anne Gaffney, Director of Process Science & Technology, Idaho National Lab, "Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Ethane to Ethylene"

  • Dimitri Mavriplis, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Max Castagne Professorship, UW, "High Performance Computational Fluid Dynamics for Multidisciplinary Aerodynamic Problems" 

  • Maohong Fan, SER Professor of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, UW, "UW is Becoming a Leader in Advanced Fuel and Chemical Conversion Areas"

  • Ted Watson, Professor of Chemical & Biological Engineering and Director, Rocky Mountain Magnetic Resonance, Colorado State University, "Determine Intrinsic Permeability with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)"

  • Professor Suojiang Zhang, Director Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, "Z-bond interaction and ionic liquids based process innovation"

  • Jeane Hull, Executive VP & Chief Technology Officer, Peabody Coal, "Technical Talent Pipeline Development--Students to Future Leaders at Peabody Energy"

  • Dr. Cullen Buie, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT, "Ultra-Low Cost Membraneless Electrochemical Energy Storage"

  • Dr. Darryl P. Butt, Distinguished Professor and Associate Director for the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES), Materials Science & Engineering, Boise State, "Phase Transformations and Stability of Ion Transport Membranes for Syngas Production"

  • Dr. Xiangkun Ren, VP Beijing Sanju Environmental Protection and New Materials Co., "China's coal conversion technologies and suggestions for commercial scale carbon capture in Wyoming"

  • Mike Robinson & Joe Meyer, Bureau of Land Management, "BLM Oil and Gas Development A - Z: Case studies from Converse County, WY"

  • Dr. George Hirasaki, Professor, Rice University, "CO2 Foam Mobility Control for Carbonate Formations"

  • Thomas A. Lockhart, Director, Air Force Materials & Manufacturing, "Old Planes, New Science: Air Force Sustainment Science & Technology"

  • Holly Krutka, PhD, Executive Director, Cornerstone Journal, “The Imperative of Global Communication on Clean Energy"

  • Martha Wyrsch, Executive VP & General Counsel, Sempra Energy, "The Anatomy of an LNG Project" 

  • Dr. Greg Poulos,m Managing Director, V-Bar, Global Wind and Solar Consulting Firm, "Wind Energy, Grid Parity, and Strategic Links to Natural Gas"

  • Professor Sally Benson, Energy Resources Engineering, School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University; Director, Precourt Institute for Energy; Director, Global Climate and Energy Project, "Recent Advances in CO2 Storage & Technology"

  • Professor Fangming Jin, Distinguished Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, "Rapid and highly effective conversion of biomass and CO2 into chemicals and fuels under hydrothermal conditions"

  • Professor Wenhau Wang, School of Environmental Science & Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, "Mercury Emission Control Technologies Developed at SJTU"

  • Professor Peter J. Stang, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, University of Utah, "Abiological Self-Assembly: Predesigned Metallacycles and Meallacages via Coordination"

  • David Emery, President & Chief Executive Officer, Black Hills Corporation,"Opportunities & challenges in the current energy industry"

  • Dr. John Kaldi, Professor & Chair of Geosequestration, University of Adelaide, "Carbon capture and storage: What are the big issues and opportunities for the petroleum industry?"

  • Tom Konrad, Writer/Editor, Financial Analyst and Investment Advisor, "How the financial market shapes the energy economy"

  • Mr. Nick Jones, PG, Senior Research Scientist, Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute,  "A New Look at Coalification: Critters vs. Compaction"

  • Dr. Zhemin Shen, School of Environmental Science & Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, "Catalytic Mercury Removal for Energy Generation Industries"

  • Dr. Norman R. Morrow,Wold Chair of Energy & J.E. Warren Distinguished Professor of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, University of Wyoming, "Improved Oil Recovery: from Low Salinity to Sequential Waterflooding"

  • Thomas M. Botts (Civil Engineering, '77), Retired Executive Vice President of Royal Dutch Shell, "Things I wish someone would have told me before starting the new job..."

  • Dr. Xiangping Zhang, Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, "Ionic liquid-based processes for sustainable chemical engineering"

  • Dr. Baoqing Li, Institute of Coal Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences,"The Recent Progress of Coal Technology Developments in China"

  • Rich Halvey, Energy Program Director, Western Governors' Association, "WGA's 10-Year Energy Vision"

  • Clayton Barrows (BS EE at UW, '05; PhD Energy & Mineral Engineering at Penn State, '13), Postdoctoral Researcher and member of the Energy Forecasting and Modeling Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), “Power System Optimization: Getting the most out of the grid

  • Dr. Patrick O'Leary, Assistant Director of Scientific Computing for Kitware, Inc., "In Situ Analysis with ParaView Catalyst"

  • Dr. Harold L. York (BS Economics, '85; MS Economics & Finance, '86), Vice President of Downstream Oil - Americas, Wood Mackenzie

  • Thomas M. Botts (Civil Engineering, '77), Executive Vice President of Global Manufacturing for Shell Downstream Inc.

  • Dr. Jinchao Xu, Pentz Professor of Science at Penn State, "Optimal User-Friendly Numerical Methods with Applications in Energy Simulations"

  • Dr. Tim Carr, West Virginia University, "Energy at the Crossroads: The Bridge to the Green Future"

  • Dr. Timothy Considine, University of Wyoming, "Peak Oil in a Carbon Constrained World"

  • Rajesh J. Pawar, Los Alamos National Laboratory, "CO2-PENS: A Systems Level Approach for Evaluating Geologic CO2 Storage Systems"

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